Retrieved January 7, It's the end to a very tumultuous life that was lived partly in the media spotlight. Views Read Edit View history. He advocated for everyone to get tested for HIV and then be honest—"to yourself, your family and any sex partners"—about the results. Simmons was not one of them. A woman asked him to clean her house. He moved to San Francisco, where he was frequently homeless, said he made money as a prostitute and once knifed a man during a back-alley drug deal.
There a remarkable physical and spiritual cleansing took place.
Roy Simmons, 57; came out as gay after leaving NFL
Her mom, my ex-wife, well, I basically abandoned her when she was pregnant. On a daily basis, I can go to Him in prayer and just put it out there and be honest about it," says Simmons. The glare on Simmons was even brighter in February when he accused the NFL of denying him a credential for the Super Bowl media center because he is gay and HIV-positive, an accusation the league vehemently denies. Sign up for more newsletters here. Simmons, who played offensive line for four seasons in the late s and early 80s with the New York Giants and Washington Redskins, died Feb. In the stands that Sunday, he said, were friends he had invited, including three lovers, two female, one male.
Please also be civil in your dialogue. Later, his mother and other family members moved in. The book took Simmons about three years to finish, including details of his troubled relationship with his daughter. Now Roy is also meeting with Dr. The cause was complications related to pneumonia. He was giving and kind-hearted, said his younger brother Gary, and always participating in community service. After working as a baggage handler at Kennedy Airport, he tried to return to the Giants inbut did not make the team.